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Old Stopfordians, pupils and dignitaries honour fallen at Remembrance Day Service

Stockport Grammar School welcomed Old Stopfordians and dignitaries to take part in our annual Remembrance Day Service on Friday 10th November.

The Mayor of Stockport, Councillor Linda Holt; Cheadle MP Mary Robinson; Hazel Grove MP William Wragg and Dr Robina Shah, Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester joined pupils in the Main Hall to show their respect for soldiers who have lost their lives.

Headmaster Andrew Chicken opened the service and current pupils gave readings before wreaths were laid by Mrs Robinson and the Head Boy, Sam Howard, and Head Girl, Emma Crook.

Prayers were led by Reverend LE Leaver and Old Stop Reg Holmes provided organ accompaniment to the hymns. Lower Sixth pupil Niamh Johnson sounded The Last Post.

52 Old Stopfordians died during the First World War and a further 60 were killed during the Second World War.

The visiting Old Stopfordians, who attended the school between 1934 and 1962, received a talk from current pupils that have recently returned from a trip to the First World War Battlefields where they laid a wreath in memory of Old Stopfordians lost in battle at the Memorial for the Missing at Thiepval.

Mr Chicken said: “The Remembrance Service is a significant event in our school calendar and it is a pleasure to welcome back many former pupils each year. A large number of our current pupils have visited the Great War Battlefields on our annual tours and it provides a valuable opportunity for them to reflect on work done in their History studies.”

The Junior School also marked the occasion with a special assembly. Headmaster Mr Wheeler explained the importance of Remembrance Day to pupils who then held an impeccably observed two minute silence.

Ahead of the day, Year Two boys and girls discussed Remembrance Sunday in their Humanities lesson. They thought about their own special memory and then made their own poppy ready to wear at the Junior School assembly.